Welcome to the Lesson Plans for the Silk Road Unit Study. Our Silk Road unit study grew so big I divided it into smaller units. This unit focuses on the Silk Road with a bit of study of the surrounding areas and travelers. I have other units that coordinate with this unit: China, Ancient China, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, West Africa and the Islamic Empire. These unit studies cover various time periods and regions. Each unit has unique books, but there is some overlap of resources from unit to unit.
In keeping with my personal belief that you can homeschool multiple grades and abilities with the same book, I have divided up the lesson plans into three levels. I wanted you to have all of them rather than your specific grade level because I truly believe you can mix and match these resources to suit your individual needs.
In Grades 1-5, I’ve included picture books and games as part of the opening activities. Use what is available to you, especially since some resources are out of print. There are many suitable alternatives. Plus with opening activities, the activities don’t have to match the main lesson. All lessons are read alouds, but you may assign reading.
In the middle grades, I’ve included assigned reading, but the majority of the lessons are still read aloud. There is also some overlap of resources and the handwork and cooking suggestions are the same.
In the High School years, I included a heavier workload and assigned reading for the main lesson. There are some resources I really loved that are not high school level that I added as I know my high schooler enjoyed them.
Lesson plans are laid out weekly with links to books and tutorials. It’s scheduled for four weeks but well suited for eight.